Sep 05 AT 11:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

LG shows off their newest premium quad-core smartphone in teaser video


As we enter the holiday shopping season it feels like we see another “fastest Android phone” announced every other week. However, this year it is pretty clear that the fastest Android phones will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. So far we have seen Xiaomi and LG announce Android phones with this new quad-core chip, but we only expect that LG will bring a device to the United States.

LG already announced their new Optimus G last week, and now they are hyping it up with a new teaser video. The flagship device will feature a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU, new battery technology from LG Chem, 13.0 megapixel camera, and a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ Display with 320ppi high pixel density (1280×768 pixels) and Stripe RGB IPS Panel.

Most of our audience prefers Android phones from Samsung, HTC, or Motorola, so LG has a huge opportunity to win over some new customers. The last time we hyped up a LG device was the T-Mobile Optimus 2X. It looked great on paper, but the final product shipped with all kinds of hardware and software issues, and it left LG with a bad reputation among the hardcore crowd.

If LG really does release a Nexus device as rumored, they could once again have the best Android device on paper. I’m not sure how many users would switch over from their favorite handset maker, but LG is making a strong case to at least demand their attention.

Watch the teaser and let us know what you think. Is there any way you would consider purchasing an Android phone from LG?

Source: YouTube

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  • Dags -

    Qualcomm have really done well with the S4. The dual-core is powering the new Nokia phones too. Be interesting to see how the Adreno 320 performs in the real world as graphics performance has been one area where other SoCs like Exynos have been ahead. I wonder when we’ll see the first OMAP 5 phones?

  • Bryan Stoner

    The back is pretty nice~ :3
    If they can sport a super quick shutter speed then I’m sure this will be a solid choice.

    What’s the battery gonna be like with this “new” tech?

    • Tarwin

      The new battery tech isn’t supposed to make a single charge last longer, which means it will last about the same amount as a normal battery for normal use. The difference is in the normal number of chargee cycles. Normal batteries are good for about 500 charges before their charge sees a serious drop. The new batteries from LG chem are supposed to be good for 800 charges before we see the same drop in efficiency. This means that you won’t have to go hunting for a new battery or new phone quite as quickly.

      I would personally love this as I actually went through 7 batteries with one phone (over a four year period), 2 batteries on another (almost a two year period), and my Sensation is starting to need a new one too.

      Also this battery tech would make me less reticent about non-removable batteries since in those cases it basically extends the phone’s useful lifetime by 60%

      • Mix

        That is pretty awesome news for the battery!

        The one thing I have always wondered with my Blackberry is why after 3.5 years do I still have the same battery and why does it last a week off a single charge? I text and use BBM every day no matter what and I will talk on it quite a bit. I get that it’s a very old smartphone but the battery is a tank as the wife’s iPhone, even on standby, goes dead after a day or so.

        I would be very interested if LG releases a Nexus device as these specs looks awesome.

      • Bryan Stoner

        Whoa nice! Thanks for the tip! XDD

  • ari-free

    I want this to work out so much. I was so let down by Motorola’s conf

  • Anjie Cai

    As promising as this phone looks i’m never buying a phone from LG again. The g2x to was crazy buggy and they lied about updates ._. It’s nexus or never.

    • aadon93

      Yeah I got the Optimus 2X because of all it’s hype and what a disappointment. Still waiting for official ICS as the custom roms just aren’t good enough because of LG/Nvidea’s closed sources. Definitely getting a nexus device next.

      • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

        What do you mean closed sources the one x has a tegra processor and it has a lot of custom roms, or has it just got to do with tegra 2?

        • Seth

          The one X has ICS, so it ships with the ICS drivers, so you can build your own versions and reuse the drivers. On the G2x LG hasn’t put out an ICS version to pull drivers from to make custom roms. I’m thinking now that they finally put out an ICS version, albeit korean, we might see some developers pull those drivers for an custom rom.

          Basically the bad blood is that you shouldn’t HAVE to resort to a rom to get the new version of Android when you buy a top end flagship device. The hardware isn’t holding them back from releasing an update, so it is the company. Why would you want another product that is likely to follow the same trajectory.

      • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

        What do you mean closed source the one x has custom roms right?

    • Thomas Biard

      I won’t “NEVER” buy an LG, but I def won’t be an early adopter. I’ll let others test the waters before I get “caught” in an LG like the g2x. Luckily, early adoption with my Droid X paid off and I’m still using it right now, but now-a-days in the Android world, I can’t be so certain.

      • ChrisLH

        LG has a pretty spotty reputation – specs look great but it just doesn’t translate. I definitely wouldn’t be an early adopter.

        Glad you’re happy with the DroidX, but I hated that phone. The completely over-the-top skin made simple things like composing emails more than a couple lines long almost impossible. I constantly had trouble getting emails from my corporate account and my gmail accounts (it typically had to reload all of the messages each time I opened Gmail on the phone).

        I love Motorola hardware – feels extremely solid and has great weight and I’ve never had a problem with durability even dropping a couple phones without cases onto concrete from several feet up. The “rubber” feel of the back of a lot of their devices also made it feel secure to hold.

        I’m happy that Google bought Motorola – I’m really interested to see what they come out with in the future. They have an opportunity to really put pressure on other manufacturers for issuing updates to the latest and greatest version of Android, which will make things better for everyone.

    • Nicholas Fowler

      I’m in the same bought. Bought the G2x and now with the lack of updates and drivers, I won’t ever be buying an LG phone again.

  • Tarwin

    I like the video…

    Having said that, let’s talk about the actual phone.

    The specs intrigue me, the design not so much (it reminds me a lot of the L series which feel like the budget phones they are).

    As for actually buying it? With HTC I’d be willing to jump the gun on a device after reading the preliminary reviews, but with LG and its track record, I’d wait at least a month or two to see what issues come up in numbers (not just on the occasional defective device that every manufacturer has). Since LG isn’t exactly known for software updates I’d want everything to work well (maybe not perfect as it hardly ever exists in the software world) and more or less how I want it to from the get go.

  • LilSmurf2009

    they look nice, but again is LG that means nope not jumping ship I will stick with my HTC one s.

  • myandroid99

    i always thought LG wasn’t too good at making phones(they should stick to tvs and refrigerators), maybe this will change my mind…

  • jamal adam

    It’s good to see new battery tech being implemented. I would definitely like to see the battery from LG Chem in action.

  • Nathan D.

    I really considering buying this phone, it has one of the best specs I seen. But I might root it as soon I hereby it since I really don’t like skin and lg’s skin is one of the worst to me. Plus this will solve any software issues the phone might have.

  • cenwesi

    Nice try LG. I will NEVER buy any LG phone because of the bad taste they left with us first adopters of the G2x. They promised update(s) but NEVER delivered even till today they are still going back and forth about the updates. Well i saw what was about to happen and dumped my LG for HTC sensation just for a little bit. Now i have a nexus and WILL NEVER buy any other phone if it is not a NEXUS. Warning to anyone looking into getting this phone. Be warned. LG will disappoint you. Do your research. Stay far away from ANY LG phones.

  • matthew

    pair this nice looking hardware with stock android (ahem…make it a nexus device) and i just might be in.

  • Robert Jakiel

    I was willing to give Samsung a chance after their utter failures when they first came out and it paid off in spades. I am willing to give LG the same chance as well. If they can actually deliver with this like Samsung did with the Galaxy S then LG will be solid. If LG repeats the G2X debacle they can burn for all I care.

  • charlie88

    Release it with stock JB! If LG wants to win spme support again, this is the way to go!

  • EmeryLee

    Nope not again. LG won’t be getting any more of my money. I’m still stuck with this G2x phone. It’s my second because the first one broke and my insurance policy wouldn’t let me get a different one. Same issues as the one I had before. LG pisses on its customers the customers will piss on LG. So far, I know the two brands I won’t be buying my next smartphone from 1) Motorola and 2) LG. My wife is rocking that Samsung Galaxy S2 and it looks pretty sweet. I’ll probably go with one of those or just stop using smartphones all together and just get one of them old school flip-phones.

  • jamal adam

    LG has it’s work cut out. It needs to prove that it has changed from the days of the G2X by showing us consumers that it means business and that we come first.

  • rashad360

    I have mixed feelings about this phone. I love my G2x hardware but the software support leaves much to be desired…

    If this phone happens to become a Nexus I think it may be a must-buy.


    Maybe I should start saying NO to NO.

    If this is not a Nexus it should be a part of the G series for T mobile.

  • RX-78-7

    Wow.. I’m impressed, they need to make it a nexus.

  • aceofhearts24

    This seems like a great phone… I just can’t get used to LG though… I’d have to play around with the phone and see what it feels like and how it performs in real life. Never been a fan of their smartphones

  • morris105

    Looks like a great phone but I had an LG G2x and it was a waste… don’t think I’ll be getting an LG phone anytime soon. Hope this phone starts setting things right.